What is a Bothie or Dual-Sight Mode Camera?

Posted by Mister Mobility

A bothie is a dual-view photo or video – one in which one half is a a selfie and the other half shows what is in front of you. A bothie is the product of the phone using both the front camera and back camera of a smartphone at the same time.

The term was first used by HMD Global, manufacturer of Android Nokia phones, when they launched the Nokia 8 in 2017. In addition to the Nokia 8, HMD Global quicly followed up by including bothie mode in the built-in camera app of the Nokia 7 as well, also launched in 2017.

Other Smartphone Brands That Have Bothie Feature

While HMD Global and Nokia first introduced the term, they do not talk a lot about it much any more. But they are not the only ones including it in their smartphones. Some other smartphone manufacturers have embraced the concept.

For example, Samsung has a similar feature. Other smartphone brands that toe the line includes LG and OPPO.


Samsung Mobile calls their bothie feature Dual Shot. LG calls it dual camera mode. OPPO Mobile introduced dual-view video, which is a split-view video using both the front and rear cameras of the phone.

Note that this dual-sight view feature is not available on all phone models from these manufacturers. So, what do you do if your smartphone does not have it built in but you want it?

 How Bothie Mode Works

As already mentioned, bothie camera works by using the front and rear cameras simultaneously and presents both views in a split-view on the smartphone.


How To Get Bothie Mode On Your Smartphone

.If your smartphone camera does not have a bothie mode or dual-view photo or video mode but you want the feature, you can download a 3rd party app to add the functionality.

There are quite a number of them available in the app store. Some, like Dual Camera for Android, work only with Snapdragon processor phones. Even the ones that work often have some quirks. For example, when you launc FrontBack Camera app for Android, you get a split screen but only one view is active at a time and you have to shoot with one camera first before the other, after which the app presents you your Bothie or dual-sight photo.

It is not as elegant as what comes built-in on select phones, but it works. You can  give it a try by downloading it HERE. Check for others in the app store.

Other Bothie or dual-sight view camera apps get developed and released from time to time, so do check in your app store.

One thing is clear, Bothie or Dual-Sight Mode photography and video recording is fun and a great way to showcase your enviroment while staying in the picture, literally.

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